Biography

Terri Thomas was born and raised in the suburbs and downtown Detroit, Michigan. Her first art scholarship was awarded at age 8 for a summer program at the Cranbrook institute of Art. After graduation, Thomas’ first career was in the fashion industry and she became one of the youngest Art Directors to share the stage with performing members of Intercoiffure for America/Canada. In 1991, Thomas moved to Dallas Texas and spent the next 10 years as an Educator and Senior Art Director for the progressive International hair care companies TIGI and Toni & Guy. Taking after her artistic Grandfather and after reading the article titled “Skin Deep” on artist Jenny Saville in a fashion magazine, Thomas left a successful career as one of Toni & Guy’s top platform artists to enroll in art school in 2000. She was awarded the Dean’s Merit scholarship (from 2000-04) at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC. There she received the Foundation Faculty Award for outstanding achievement for drawing and painting and the Dr. William A. Newman Award for outstanding achievement in painting. In 2004, she graduated with honors and a specialty in painting. Thomas has been an Artist In Residence at the University of Texas’ CentralTrack, Dallas, Texas (2010), RAID Projects in Los Angeles (2008) and St. Johns’ Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland, Canada (2007).

Thomas lives and works in Austin, Texas. Solo exhibitions include Big Medium Gallery in Austin, Texas (2014), Lyons Weir Gallery in Chelsea, New York (2010), New Gallery in Houston, Texas (2009), Volitant Gallery in Austin, Texas (2006) and the Arts Club of Washington in Washington, DC. (2004). Selected group exhibits include the Flag Art Foundation, curated by Glenn Fuhrman in Chelsea, New York; The Torrence Art Museum in Los Angeles, California; Lyons Weir Gallery in Chelsea, New York (2009-2012); “Pulse Miami” invited by Michael Lyons Weir (2009-2010); Mills Pond Gallery in Long Island, NY. with “Honorable Mention” by curator, Hilary Harkness; The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN; “Texas Biennial” curated by Michael Duncan (co-editor of Art in America); “Alumni exhibit” at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, curated by George Hemphill in Washington, DC; Pump Projects, selected by Andrea Mellard, curator for the Austin Museum of Art (now known as The Contemporary Austin) in Austin Texas; Conner Contemporary Art (now known as Connersmith Gallery), curated by Jamie Smith in Washington, DC.

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